Tourism office hosts monthly meeting
The Carbon County Office of Tourism hosted their monthly travel and tourism meeting at the USU Eastern Alumni Room Wednesday morning to discuss the importance of partnerships. The meetings bring together business owners, government administrators and the local media to share information and jump start the networking practices that lead to big business.
"I love to sit back and watch the room after these meetings are over," said Carbon County Office of Tourism Director Shalee Johansen. "It never fails, small groups form and you can see people setting the ground work for new business ventures."
The travel and tourism meetings are held at a different venue each month, allowing different businesses and organizations to host. The only catch, is that the host must provide a continental breakfast, said tourism Office Manager Jana Abrams.
"The meetings have been a great success," she said. "We get a diverse group of participants and it keeps our community partners up to speed on what is going on in relation to tourism in the area."
Wednesday morning, Price City Community Development Director Nick Tatton discussed the ongoing legislative session and the importance of paying attention to the bills that affect rural Utah and Carbon County specifically. The community director went over business license legislation which could strip funding and oversight from city governments.
"The state may save itself $5 million but it will be on the back of a lot of cities like ours if this business license bill is passed," said Tatton.
He also mentioned that legislation is being considered that would change the way that councils vote, a bill that could affect local cities and the county commission.
After hearing from all who attended the session, Johansen discussed the tourism office's coming month.
At the end of February, Johansen will travel to Seattle, Wash., to attend the Go West Show.
"At Go West they take a huge conference center and fill it with tables and huge screens. What you do is pre-set ten minute appointments with tour bus companies who run people through the area. These buses will move through the whole of Utah Salt Lake, Moab and St. George, basically all through the state, providing a wide range of demographics for tourism. I have gone through 702 companies and picked the 52 I feel can best represent our interests," said Johansen. "So I have 52 appointments in two days and I need to sell them all on this area."
Johansen will only be spending two days at the week-long event, as she must return to Utah to attend Tourism Day at the Legislature on Feb. 26.
A major project being worked on in March is the International Sportsman Show in which the office has doubled its presence. They will also be attending Autorama in order to promote the area's motocross, moto-sports and car shows in the area.
The office is also extending their tourism magazine, including more information on the city of Helper. They are also working with the trails committee to spread the word about the variety of uses available from Carbon County's Trail system.